Understanding your Skin type

 What does 'Skin Type' Really Mean? What does ‘Skin Type’ Really Mean?

No two “skin types” are the same – while many will fit into one category, i.e. normal, sensitive, dry, or oily, most people have combination skin, with a pre-disposition to one of the 3 basic categories. Hormones, the environment pollutants, the weather, as well as stress affect your skin.

There are thousands upon thousands of skin products on today’s market, all with different formulations, all promising to deliver the best skin care.

The better you understand what affects your skin type -the better prepared you will be to make the right product selection.

Evaluating your Skin

If you are experiencing skin issues, check out the list below – chances are that your skin may be reacting to something that you may be able to control:

  • Hormones
  • Skin Disorders
  • Genetic Predisposition
  • Smoking/Secondary Smoke
  • Medications
  • Diet
  • Products
  • Stress
  • Long Period of Sun Exposure
  • Pollution
  • Climate

 What does 'Skin Type' Really Mean?Adverse Reactions

Your skin may also be reacting to something contained in a skin care product, such as alcohol, menthol, peppermint, citrus, etc. While products for dry oily skin, they tend to irritate and trigger your skin to actually produce more oil.

The same can be true of moisturizers – their thick emollients may clog pores and prevent exfoliation. Over-scrubbing your skin can damage it and cause dry skin and wrinkles.

Some of the most frequently contained in skin care products, such as those listed below, may be aggravating skin conditions:

  • Menthol, Alcohol
  • Waxes
  • Fragrances and essential oils)
  • Facial Scrubs
  • Cleansing Products

Identifying your Skin TypeIdentifying your Skin Type

The easiest way to identify your is as follows:

  • Gently wash your face with a soft scrub cleanser
  • Apply a toner with antioxidants
  • Wait 2 hours

Here is a on how your skin may react and how to treat it

Oily Skinexcess oil after 4 hours

Best product type: gel

Combination SkinDry and oily areas

Best product type: lotion, gel, serum, and liquid

Acne/Blemish Prone SkinPersistent breakouts

Best product type: lotion, gel, serum, liquid, and powder

Dry to Very Dry SkinA mixture of matte, dry, tight or flaky skin

Best product type: lotion, cream and serum

Sensitive/Rosaceous SkinRedness with tiny bumps

Best product type: lotion, cream, gel, serum, and liquid

Eczema Skindry, red, flaky spots, itching and redness

Best product type: lotion, gel, serum, and liquid

Sun-Damaged Skinwrinkles and dull, discolored skin

Best product type: lotion, cream, gel and serum

Aging/Wrinkles SkinLines around eyes, mouth, and/or cheeks

Best product type: lotion, cream, gel and serum

Normal SkinNo signs of oiliness or dryness

Best product type: lotion, cream, gel, serum

Choosing the Right Formula

Research and learn what products work best for any specific issues, such as acne or rosacea.

As a rule:

  • Dry to very dry skin – lotions or creams
  • Oily or blemish-prone skin – gels and liquids
  • Combination or normal skin -light lotions and serums

 

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